Gallery 128 - Art of the Early Fourth Century B.C.
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Reliefs in this gallery come from some of the temples commissioned by Kings Nectanebo I (380–362 B.C.) and Nectanebo II (360–343 B.C.), the last indigenous pharaohs, who invigorated the arts with an extensive building program. Statues exhibit a remarkable sensitivity in the rendering of the forms of the human body. The famous "Metternich stela" is the finest example extant of a type of magically potent monument. Water poured over such objects was believed to have healing power.